Guilt Free Eating

According to Wikipedia guilt is defined as "a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person realises or believes - accurately or not - that he or she has compromised his or her own standards of conduct or has violated a moral standard." 

I used to feel this way a lot. I used to wake up in the morning and the first thing I would think of was "what did I eat yesterday?". If I couldn't think of anything that was "bad" then I was ok. If I had overindulged or eaten something on the "bad" list then I felt crappy and would come up with a plan, to some how, try and erase the situation. This could include not eating breakfast, planning a way to eat just salad and fruit all day or trying to fit in an extra workout session. It would influence my mood for the day, how I interacted with others and how I presented myself to the world. I would get through the day with an underlying feeling of guilt and then wake up the next day extra hungry and struggle all day to get through without repeating the cycle of overindulgence or just eating too much.

I am not about to tell you about a magic pill or book I read but simply offer some advice on what worked for me. When I started to increase the amount of vegetables, fruit and protein (meat and eggs) I was eating, as well as experimenting with foods, creating healthy alternatives, I noticed that I was waking up not questioning what I ate the day before. I was not freaked out or in a sweaty panic like I used to be.

The positive side effect that crept up on me over the months was, that I was no longer feeling guilty. I was no longer labelling food "good" and "bad." The barriers had been broken and it was just food. Tasty food that filled me up and didn't leave me praying that I could get through the day without stuffing up. I focussed on bulking up my meals with extra vegetables. My plates of food were and still are huge. But due to the whole food ingredients, it doesn't faze me. I can finish a huge bowl of food, feel comfort in the nutrients I am getting and feel completely satisfied.

Before you get the wrong impression of me, I am in no way a food saint. But what I can do now, that I never could before, is know that one not so ideal meal or one day of eating not such great food, doesn't influence who I am or doesn't make me a 'bad' person. I know that in the scheme of the 21+ meals I ate that week, it is not going to impact the way I look. 

So this past weekend when I had been looking at, smelling and buying hot cross buns for my family #hotcrossbunenvy I knew I needed to get in the kitchen and create a completely guilt free Paleo Hot Cross Bun loaf that would include all of the things about hot cross buns I love (sultanas and spice) without the gluten and wheat.  

Paleo Hot Cross Bun Loaf 

This gluten free, grain free, no added sugar hot cross bun loaf is divine. It tastes and smells exactly how I remember hot cross buns did. It made me nostalgic of all the easters and buns that had gone before it. But now I was excited that I no longer had to miss out, that it's something I can eat regularly, not wait for easter and enjoy GUILT FREE. 

You have to try this. Find the recipe here.

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So while we got our first little bit of cooler weather here in Sydney and the long sleeve shirts made an appearance so did the desire for some warm comfort food. One of my favourite meals that I enjoy when I feel that way is Zoodle Bolognese Bake. Basically it's a spaghetti bolognese made without pasta but with sweet potato and zucchini noodles. Some homemade tomato sauce, cooked with meat and baked. This dish ticks all the boxes without the gluten bloat that I used to get from eating a big bowl of spaghetti. 

Tomato Zoodle Sauce

With a nice mix of tomato puree, pumpkin, carrot, garlic and onion this sauce can not only be used with zoodles but with a bowl of mixed veg or as a sauce on top of meat. 

Find the recipe here.

With a new perspective on what food I choose to eat, I am comforted. That I will wake up tomorrow feeling like I have nourished my body and with absolutely no guilt #guiltfreezone. 

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Is there a particular food that you still feel guilt after eating?